Lake Montebello loop could be reinstated

Baltimore Marathon

May 17, 2007|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun reporter

The 2007 Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival might have Lake Montebello return to the marathon course, but it won't have the defending champion in the women's half-marathon.

Lyubov Denisova, who won the 2006 half-marathon by more than two minutes, has been banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations for two years. A posting on the IAAF Web site lists Denisova testing positive for two banned substances, Prostanozol and testosterone, in a random out-of-competition test conducted March 20.

Lee Corrigan, the organizer of the Baltimore Running Festival, said yesterday that Denisova tested negative for banned substances last October here.

The seventh annual Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival will return to Camden Yards Oct. 13. After undergoing major overhauls in its first few years, the marathon course has remained stable, but Corrigan would like to resume the loop around Lake Montebello that had been dropped because of construction.

The cap on the half-marathon field, limited to 5,000 last year, has been raised to 6,000 this year.

Last year's event generated $659,000 to local charities.

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